Blindtex is a family-owned and operated business. It has expanded from a market stall into a global network with over 80 employees, 4 showrooms, 1 factory and 1000's of distributors throughout the UK and MENA region.
The story starts in 1989 in a thriving UK market town, Bolton. From humble beginnings, Blindtex, formerly known as Bolton Blinds was established by Martin Cairns from a market stall. The entrepreneurial nature of the business meant that within the first few months of opening, they would be making their own vertical and roller blinds and soon opened a factory based in an old textile mill.
The stall sales continued to grow and grow, which presented the natural progression to open their first premises in Bolton town centre. With the growth of the shutter market and being early adopters of this fast-growing product, the UK's biggest window blind store was opened in Bolton. As the demand grew, they opened a second showroom in Manchester, allowing them to serve a wider market.
So, how did we end up manufacturing and distributing in UAE? As Martin and his wife Victoria, a managing director of the company, took a vacation to Dubai, they saw the potential demand for the product as construction in 2004 was booming. As they developed Blindtex in the UAE, the man and van model became ideal for the market. Blindtex soon became the leading retail supplier of Blinds, Curtains and Shutters in the region. As the demand was growing rapidly, they started to move manufacturing to Sharjah, around 30 minutes from central Dubai.
Despite the 2008-2010 recession the business continued to grow, showing the durability and strength of the business model. However, 5 years on, the factory in the UAE burned to ashes, leaving nothing but the shell the building was made from. Despite the total devastation, the directors' determination and willpower meant that distribution and manufacturing did not stop.
Our main focus is on quality and innovation, and we are proud to be the only company offering a Lifetime Warranty on all of our products. Through its owned and franchised retail locations, Blindtex offers an exciting product portfolio with spectacular "safe-by-design" traditional and motorised made-to-measure quality blinds, curtains and shutters. With talented designers and a state-of-the-art, 25,000 sq/ft purpose-built manufacturing facility, Blindtex brings a fresh flavour to the window fashion industry with hundreds of luxurious irresistible designs styles.
All products undergo rigorous testing and quality control, while the R&D department is constantly developing new products to meet the rapidly growing demand in various franchised markets for more sophisticated products at accessible prices. In addition to services to the residential sector, Blindtex offers fitting-out for hospitals, hotels, offices, schools, municipalities and all commercial buildings, retail chains and a wide variety of contract work. Delivery of products to franchisees takes a 7-10 days turnaround on all orders to almost anywhere globally via Dubai, which is now the world's number one cargo hub.
To this day, Blindtex is still operated and managed by the two original founders. When you are introduced into the Blindtex franchise family, you are receiving guidance and experience from those with many years of experience in the field, and they have made the mistakes, so you don't need to, and are that to aid your success.
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